Do you remember Jell-O Pudding Pops? Perhaps I’m aging myself, but it’s worth the nostalgia to introduce this wonderful homemade recipe for dairy-free chocolate pudding pops! Unlike many recipes, this one is from scratch, with a quick homemade vegan pudding that doesn’t come from a box. It even includes carob and chocolate-coconut options.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Pops that are Simply Homemade
This dairy-free chocolate pudding pops recipe was originally shared with us by Whole Foods, way back in 2006! We’ve since updated the recipe, added more options, and even have some ingredient tips and substitutions.
Starch Options: If you need a corn-free recipe, you can substitute arrowroot or tapioca starch for the cornstarch.
Milk Beverage: Richer milk beverages will produce the best results, so don’t shy away from varieties that are higher in fat. You can alternatively use lite canned coconut milk for a creamier finish.
Chocolate Tips: For a richer chocolate finish, you can increase the chocolate chips up to 1 cup. For more chocolatiness without more density, opt for a chocolate milk beverage. To locate your perfect chocolate or carob chips, see our Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips Guide.
Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Pudding Pops
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Just be sure to pick the milk beverage and chocolate or carob chips that suit your dietary needs.
- ⅓ cup sugar or sucanat
- ⅓ cup non-GMO cornstarch
- Pinch sea salt
- 3 cups dairy-free milk beverage (original, vanilla, or chocolate), divided
- ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips or carob chips (see post above for chocolate options)
- ½ to 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract, to taste
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, starch, and salt. Whisk in about a cup of the milk beverage until the starch is dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk beverage.
- Place the pan over medium heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer, while whisking. Continue to whisk and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it thickens to a thin pudding consistency.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and whisk in the chocolate or carb chips and extract until the chips are fully melted.
- Let the pudding cool completely, to room temperature.
- Spoon the cooled pudding into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
- Run the outside of the molds under hot tap water for just a few seconds to loosen pudding pops for easier removal..